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MICA Faculty, Alumni Exhibit Work in Sondheim Prize Finalists Show

June 21-Aug. 3 at the Baltimore Museum Art.

Posted 06.20.08 by MICA Media Relations

Rinehart School of Sculpture director Maren Hassinger, a finalist for The Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize, will exhibit work June 21-Aug. 3 at the Baltimore Museum Art.

The juried show, "The Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize Finalists: Artscape at the BMA," features five other finalists, which include four Maryland Institute College of Art alumni: Becky Alprin (MFA '08), Melissa Dickenson (BFA '02), Geoff Grace (MAT '04) and Molly Springfield (post-baccalaureate certificate '00).

Now in its third year, the prize recognizes the achievements of visual artists living or working in Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia and southeastern Pennsylvania.

This year's finalists were selected by an independent panel of jurors: Laura Hoptman, senior curator at the New Museum in New York; Mickalene Thomas, a New York-based artist; and Darby English, an art historian specializing in postwar and contemporary American art, cultural studies, art theory and criticism.

The winner of the $25,000 prize will be announced at a special ceremony and reception, which takes place July 12 at 7 p.m. at the art museum, 10 Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st streets.

Finalists will open their studios to the public June 28, 1-4 p.m.

For museum hours, an open studios map and more information, visit http://www.artbma.org.

Another exhibition of semifinalists' work will take place July 17-Aug. 2 in MICA's Decker and Meyerhoff galleries.

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.